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OUR WRITERS

meet the babes

(in no particular order)

JESSICA SILVETTI

Jessica Silvetti, originally from Mexico City, attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received a BFA in Theatre. After several years living in New York City, she relocated to Los Angeles to merge her love of writing and filmmaking. To date she has written, produced and directed the short films: HAPPY FOR NOTHING, GOODBYE, GLANCES and POOR MAN’S MERMAID. Her feature film co-directorial debut, PROBLEM OF EVIL, is currently available on VOD, through multiple platforms. Her bilingual web series LOST MEMORIES, an impacting narrative about Alzheimer’s disease that she wrote and directed, is now available online. Currently screening at numerous Film Festivals is IN ABSENTIA, an anthology series of short films she wrote, directed and produced with her partner and husband, Ethan Kogan. IN ABSENTIA has received numerous awards and nominations, including a Best Writing nomination at the renowned RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in London, England.

Jessica is constantly working on developing new works, with a passion for creating strong and diverse characters for women. She is Co-Founder of Light and Shadow Pictures.

HEIDI WEITZER

Heidi Weitzer is a writer and director living in Los Angeles. She graduated from The Second City Chicago’s Harold Ramis Film School, the world’s only comedy focused film school, in 2017. She made it to the final round for Sundance Institute’s New Voices Digital Fellowship, she has placed in the Shore Scripts Contest, the Austin Film Festival, the Chicago Screenplay Contest, and was the top rated script on the blcklst.com for May and June of 2016. Her short "Hot Air" premiered at the Minne Mini film festival in 2017. She makes dark comedies and values her privacy. 

TESSA SCOTT-LOPEZ (returning from leave)

Tessa Scott hails from Virginia, a U.S. Navy Veteran with a Bachelor's Degree in Film & Television Studies from the New York Film Academy. Tessa is a comedy writer and has written for multiple sketch comedy troupes that have competed and performed all around Los Angeles, winning Tessa multiple writing awards. Most recently, Tessa was a finalist for the Warner Brothers Writing Fellowship and uses her comedic talent to entertain 230,000 people daily on her comedy Instagram account @yourfavoriteexgf.


LENA PARODI (on leave)

Lena has been telling stories since she was three years old and fresh off of the plane from Italy. She would sit at the edge of her condominium’s pool and weave yarns off the top of her head to the captive audience of her parents and the video camera they used to document most of her childhood. Or, as they like to say, great blackmail material. She eventually ended up in the Silicon Valley, where after high school she was accepted to New York University and started learning how to mold her passions (reading, writing, and watching movies/TV) into a job. During college, she interned at Cinequest Film Festival, where she wrote short films for their Picture the Possibilities (PTP) program, a platform that brought together underprivileged kids all over the USA by creating short films alongside mentors. Her collaboration with them is ongoing. After graduation, she moved to LA, where she worked for a year as an editor for Korean web-comics and interned in various other places, such as Beau Willimon’s Westward Productions. She now works as an assistant at Ignition Films and C4 Media and continues to write in every medium in three languages. lenaparodi9.wordpress.com​

CAROLINE KLIMCZUK

Caroline has been a storyteller ever since she can remember. Her preference for fiction over reality led her to develop something of a reputation as a childhood pathological liar, while her four citizenships gave her something of an early identity crisis. She began writing prose in high school and discovered her love of screenwriting at the age of 20, when she discovered the medium that combined her two all-consuming passions — writing and film/TV. After attending university in Scotland, she embarked on a screenwriting program at Vancouver Film School. Upon graduating, she immediately set off for LA and hasn’t looked back since. She writes both features and pilots, particularly crime, horror and anything queer-themed.


CASSIE RAMOSKA

Cassie Ramoska is a writer/producer who lived through multiple tornado seasons in Oklahoma before making Los Angeles her home. She has created segments for The Colbert Report, AwesomenessTV, and POPSUGAR, and her independent comedy shorts have been featured on Funny or Die, College Humor, and Huffington Post. She produced and co-wrote the feature film June, Adrift, now available across VOD services, Barnes & Noble, and Redbox. For the latest, visit CassieRamoska.com.


LIRA KELLERMAN

Lira Kellerman is a dramedy writer and performer, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and still says hella and dude when she gets excited. Nominated by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Best Original Work for her play, "The V Show," she was also a regular columnist for Backstage, Kotori Magazine, and the City of Fremont's Youth Today. She's a writing alumna of the 2017 CBS Diversity Sketch Showcase, and her essay for Dame Magazine, "My Mother Has Always Wanted to Die; Do I Let Her?" was taught at Dartmouth for their Personal Essays for Publication and Enjoyment writing class. Kellerman's first book "Break the Rules and Get the Part: Thirty Monologues for Women,” is part of the Applause Acting Series, and is available wherever fine books are sold. Turning her sights to writing for television, Kellerman’s first pilot was a Quarterfinalist for the Austin Film Festival Television Pilot Competition, and Kellerman worked as a staff writer for season two of the YouTube webseries, “Cathy in Real Life.” In her spare time, Kellerman volunteers as the Internal Communications Director for the Hollywood Women's Collective. She also spins fire, hoards puns, and drastically changes her hair when she gets bored.


LORI BALABAN

A senior producer and director for NBC Agency’s special projects division, Lori directed Today Show’s Kathy Lee and Hoda for national multi-platform commercial campaigns and ran AMC’s integrated content department where she got to tell Ron Howard what to do for a day. She’s an award-winning writer whose Family Guy spec script won Scriptapoolza, and Arrested Development spec was a semifinalist at the Austin Film Festival. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing where she won the Dejur novel and Dortort Screenwriting award from the City College of New York and was also an Assistant Editor for the prestigious Fiction Magazine. She’s taught writing at City College and SVA in NYC, she’s an active member of the Producer's Guild of America and the Writer's Guild of America, and received additional training in improv and sketch writing from Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Second City Conservatory. Lori made it to the second round of the 2018 Fox Writer’s Lab and the WIF/Black List Episodic Lab. She recently moved to LA to write and direct, and has a webseries in-progress called Irrelevant White Girl. It’s hopefully not biographical.

JAMI RHODES

Jami Rhodes was born and raised in Norristown, PA, a small suburb outside of Philadelphia. She has a BA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and an MFA in Screenwriting from New York Film Academy. Before making Los Angles her home in 2011, she has spent many years in Atlanta, GA, and New York, NY. Jami has written many television pilots, short and feature length movies, and webisodes. Her focus is comedy. Her approach is to find humor in real life situations.


JACKIE LOEB

Originally from Australia, Jackie graduated from the University of Western Sydney with an almost useful degree in Theatre. Jackie has worked as a stand-up comic for all of her adult life and has performed at comedy festivals and clubs around the world. Her solo-show ‘So Much to Celebrate’ was nominated for ‘Best Comedy’ at THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE.

Jackie was a series regular and writer on the iconic Australian sketch comedy series ‘Full Frontal’. Her first short film ‘Girls At Beach With Mum’ was shortlisted for the prestigious TROP FEST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Her next short ‘Drought’ was selected as a finalist at the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL. Jackie has written articles for the Australian Jewish News, Prevention Magazine, The Reader’s Digest and Time Out, Sydney. Jackie is in the midst of producing the sketch comedy series ‘The Middle-Agers’ which she also writes, directs, stars in, composes the music for and does very poor catering/craft services for.

Jackie is currently developing two character driven comedy pilots that revolve around intelligent and funny middle-aged women, and for something completely different, a feature drama that addresses the plight of asylum seekers.When not on stage, Jackie plays guitar, eats chocolate and tries to burn calories by being ‘active’ on social media. www.jackieloeb.com

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DENISE CRUZ-CASTINO (on leave)

Denise is that rare Angeleno native, and a graduate of UCLA, who has had a successful advertising writing career. Her Latino relatives are descendants of Magellan, and Denise inherited the travel bug, often writing stories with an international flair. So far in her screenwriting career she’s sold a live action short to Disney, had her first feature produced in 2017 by Uniglobe Entertainment, 5 Weddings, which co-stars Bo Derek and will premier in 2018. She had a horror short produced by Raving Eejit Entertainment, has had another short, Things Look Grim, produced by Sasha Golberg. She’s currently writing and co-producing a WW2 movie with Academy Award producer Kim Magnuson and Neil Machlis. Her blog that helps newbie screenwriters understand the business, screenwriterwriting.blogspot, was named Website of the Week by Script Magazine. Her scripts have placed in Final Draft Big Break, Fade-In Screenwriting and the Nicholl Fellowship and her monologue script won 2nd place in Tentsquare’s challenge.

K.K. O'BRIEN (on leave)

K.K. began writing when she was about five years old, composing plays for her siblings and friends to perform in front of their unfortunate parents. After studying English and traveling to far-flung places, she now writes one-hour dramas that shed light on a new angle of history, revealing a perspective that hasn't been shown before. These stories transport her audience into another time and place, featuring characters whose seemingly personal actions have historic consequences. Her first script, a biopic about Lewis Carroll, was read in full by the BBC Writersroom, a feat accomplished by less than 10% of scripts submitted. Her TV scripts have advanced in Final Draft's Big Break competition, the Austin Film Festival, and the Creative World Awards.

LILY MERCER

founder

In the last two years Lily has won the ISA Fast Track Fellowship, the Vancouver Women in Film Festival Best Screenplay, and advanced in the Nicholl Fellowship, the Austin Film Festival, CineStory TV Fellowship, and the Creative World Awards, culminating in the ISA choosing her as one of the “Top 25 Screenwriters to watch in 2018."   Prior to this she spent two years in graduate school, obtaining an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU/Tisch, where upon graduation she received the Charles Pupura Award for excellence. Currently she has projects under consideration at three production companies, and still manages to work as a script reader, giving analysis for new film and TV projects. Yet out of her many accomplishments she claims founding and giving voice to the Bechdel Babes Writing Partners remains one of her proudest achievements.  Read more at www.lilymercerwriter.com